119 | El Llano

Producer
Jhon Valencia
Description
Balanced, citrus, honey, caramel
Process
Washed
Varietals
Castillo, Colombia
Region
Antioquia
Elevation
2,100 meters
Position
Afloat – ETA May, 2022
Warehouse
Continental, New Jersey
El Llano is located in a rural and remote place in Ituango, Antioquia, Colombia. Previously a FARC stronghold, Ituango is now caught in the post-conflict crosshairs. While the peace treaty brought an agreement between the government and FARC, it has opened the door for new armed groups to move in, each vying for a slice of the illicit enterprise left behind. People now live with a bag packed, ready to leave on short notice, and there have already been a few displacements in the last two years.
 
Jhon is no stranger to the turbulence of the area. Like many others, his family fell victim to the decades of violence with two of his brothers being kidnapped, one of them being killed. He persisted then and continues to now. Watching the strength and tenacity of Jhon and other farmers in the region has us more committed than ever, regardless of the challenges.